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Marlin Briscoe, First Black Starting Quarterback in AFL, Dies Aged 76

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American footballer Marlin Briscoe, known as “The Magician”, has passed away at the age of 76.

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Briscoe became the first black starting quarterback in the American Football League more than 50 years ago…

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According to Sky News, Briscoe was first drafted by the Broncos as a cornerback in the 14th round in 1968. This was before he told the team he would return home to be a teacher if he was not allowed to try out as a quarterback.

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Briscoe kicked off his career as a star quarterback for Omaha University in the 60s.

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As reported by TMZ, the footballer led the team to 3 conference titles and set twenty-two school records.

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Nicknamed “The Magician,” he started 5 games under center that season, passing for 1,589 yards and fourteen touchdowns. He also was a runner-up for the AFL Rookie of the Year…

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However, he was not given a chance to compete for the quarterback job the following season and he asked to be released, later becoming a Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Buffalo Bills — as well as winning 2 Super Bowls with the Miami Dolphins.

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Briscoe retired with 224 receptions for 3,537 yards and thirty touchdowns with 6 teams.

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He even made it onto the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

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The athlete’s daughter, Angela Marriott, confirmed the news on Monday.

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She said her father was hospitalized over poor circulation in his legs, prior to dying of pneumonia at a Norwalk, California hospital.

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Warren Moon, a former American football quarterback, hailed Briscoe as an inspiration…

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“Today is a sad day for me,” said Moon.

“One of my Idols growing up, Marlin Briscoe, passed away. He was one of a few Black QBs of the late 60s that gave me the inspiration that one day I could play QB as a professional. Marlin was the 1st Black QB to start in the AFL,” he finished.

Rest in peace, Marlin Briscoe.

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